Rhetoric & Composition, Stockton Spring 2018: Final Assignments Post: April 23 – May 2, 2018 (in D18)



Remember we are in D18.

Be ready to do final prep for presentations.


  1. Presentations
  2. Review of remaining assignments/Family Meeting time set-up
  3. plagiarism family activity
  4. Parallelism Quiz


ALL REMAINING ASSIGNMENTS (including all revisions of previous papers) due Thursday, May 3rd by 11:59pm. 


#1: YOUR BLOG: A final link to your COMPLETED BLOG should be sent to me via email (joseph.costal@stockton.edu BEFORE the semester deadline. Please do this again when the blog is ready for grading. Subject line MUST read: BLOG — FINAL)

Blog Post #10: A Letter to Me: One page of reflection on the course, your year at college and the world that waits for you. Consider the following: what did you learn in this class? Highlights and low-lights of the course? What about the year here at Stockton in general? What did you learn about yourself? What’s your hope for the next 5 months? The next 5 years? And beyond?

Final Essay: Formal Essay  #7: PROPOSING PROBLEM / SOLUTION
(much of the language of this prompt is an amalgamation of my own ideas and those borrowed from other institutions, including Florida International University, Johnson County Community College).
Length of paper: approx. 7 pages, excluding work cited.

Your objective for this assignment is to research, analyze, post a thesis, antithesis, and finally synthesize a solution for a common social problem. To do this, let’s begin by challenging the common ways of looking at problems themselves.  The process of research, as discussed endlessly in the course, is to generate, then narrow questions. Great research creates questions. Great argumentation papers do more to generate further questions than answer them. Let’s ponder this together, first.

The goal of the Proposing a Solution Essay is to make an argument that calls an audience to action. By focusing your argument on one specific public problem, you will be responding to the frequently asked question: But what can we do?

Your task in researching this paper is three-fold:
1. You must demonstrate that a significant problem exists
2. You must propose a solution to the problem
3. You must justify this particular solution, showing how the benefits outweigh alternative.


Consider this as your essay’s development in three parts: 1) a description of the problem, 2) a proposal for a solution, and 3) a justification for the solution.

Your introduction should get your audience’s attention (possibly by appealing to pathos through anecdote or example), provide background on the conversation you are joining, and clearly state the claim you intend to support.

The body of your argument should appeal to logos by presenting reasons and evidence in support of your position, as well as appeal to ethos by responding to opposing views (rebutting the counterargument). You may also appeal to pathos within your body by appealing to the values and beliefs of your audience.

PRIMARY (the ones directly addressing your claim):

There should be at least five sources, all scholarly or peer-reviewed
PRIMARY SOURCE (Rhet Comp only)
ADDITIONAL sources can come from other credible sources.
ALL must be cited in APA format.

I will look for the following in your essay:

•Does the writer make a convincing argument as to why her audience should or ought to take action?
•Is the proposed action (or “claim”) clearly identified and explained?
•Is this claim logically supported by reasons and evidence?
•Have possible objections to the underlying assumptions (warrants) linking the claim and reasons been addressed?
•Have opposing views been addressed?
•Does the paper provide adequate background on the problem the author is attempting to remedy?

Otherwise, I will be using the university’s rubric for the paper. 9f4801249159282c2f5708381459f410_meme-5-enjoy-problem-on-memegen-problem-solved-meme_512-512

• All information taken from sources needs to be cited (not just quotations)
• There are lots of great places to get your ideas flowing.  Here. Here’s my favorite one from, SHOCKER, The New York Times. 

• Use APA for the entire paper. Find resources for doing this in Hacker. Or here.  Or here.• Use quotations only where necessary. Better to summarize information and discuss how it becomes evidence when married to your point.

• Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and show unity.

• Each evidence paragraph will contain at least one citation identifying where you got your information.

• This is your chance to SHINE on the fact that our multiple revisions have not been a total waste.

GENERAL FINAL PAPER Q&A on Wednesday, April 25th

Come to conference class with the following prepared:

Conference Assignment: Please have the following information ready for submission during our conferences. All components must be typed and professionally presented:

1. Working Outline
2. Working Thesis
3. Annotated Bibliography

4. Social Media Work shared with me #costrhet
1. The working outline is a very important first step that serves as a guide for your entire paper. Follow any form you feel most comfortable with (See Hacker for a variety of outlining methods if confused). The outline should give me an idea of how you plan your paper…point by point at least…example by example if you wish. There should be a bullet-ed component for each paragraph. Keep in mind that this is the mode by which you will also present your research. Remember that good development “systematically fulfills the reader’s expectation.”
oh-you-have-finals-coming-up2. Student will present a working thesis. The expectation is that this will allow us to work together in making sure the paper is on the right track. Thesis should evince the components of thesis writing discussed in class today.
The thesis for this paper should be both complex and clear.
Make sure to move through a logical progression with your ideas.
3. Annotated Bibliography should provide insight on the sources you plan to use. Where does information exist? What types of sources have been prevalent? Why would you use (or not use) the sources you’ve collected. You’ve done this already. Should be cut and dry.
4. The paper will utilize either Twitter or Facebook for some social media, first-hand research. To satisfy this part of the assignment, you must do the following by the Family Conference.
  • Show evidence of at least three tweets or posts (use #costrhet or tag me on Twitter/tag me on Facebook) you made to refine your research question. At least one of these posts/tweets must result in dialogue or engagement with “an expert.” **It is ok to merely FOLLOW experts in the given area, but to satisfy the “first-hand research” element, there MUST be engagement.
  • Also to satisfy your first-hand research requirement, consider setting up a Twitter or Facebook survey. This does not need to be quantitative or stratified (we are only dabbling in first-hand research).
  • If you do not, cannot or will not use either of these programs, you will need to set-up a survey in survey monkey. You may use Stockton friends or classmates to populate the survey.


Family Conferences (04/30/18) 

5:30pm: Fire Duckies

5:45pm: Inklings

6pm: Por Favor

6:15pm: Aluminum Foil

6:30pm: Fam Squad

6:45pm: Blog Gods



THE TOP 20 COUNTDOWN!!! The Final Checklist: 

Answer the following with the preface: Does your final paper:

1. …have approx seven pages total, but more importantly SEVEN pages of EVIDENCE (body) (Not including formatting pages)? If not, how can you add length without adding fluff?

2. …have proper formatting (12-point, double-spaced, one-inch margins, Hacker approved APA-style? including abstract and CORRECTLY formatted WORKS CITED)

3. …have an interesting, original, and relevant title?

4. …have an effective, divisive attention-grabbing introduction?

5. …provide necessary background for reader to understand YOUR THESIS (NOT the entire topic. Think 5Ws) (BG MUST be relevant to your thesis!)

6…establish the controversy surrounding the issue? Does it accomplish this through the use of personal anecdote? Is the introduction/background adequate in length (no more than 1/4 of entire page)?

5. …have a specific and explicit/implicit thesis statement that evinces the main issue and the writer’s position? Is it argumentative? Does it contain a subordinate clause to drive complexity?

6. …have logical development? Does each paragraph flow into the next, using the thesis as a road map to “fulfill the reader’s anticipation?”

7. …have sufficient supporting evidence? Does the paper employ strong ethos such as facts, statistics, examples, and expert opinions? Is this support connected to the thesis in a meaningful way? In other words, is it relevant, accurate, and representative?

8. …have credible sources? Are several of the sources also academic, scholarly and peer-reviewed? Is it free of questionable web sources such as http://www.beardedguysanswerimportantquestions.com?

9. …have NO generalizations, overstatements or other forms of logical fallacies?

10. …have a fair representations of source integration like direct quotations and summaries? Are DQs appropriate in scope and length (not too long, not irrelevant)? ARE DQs formatted correctly?

11. …have in-text citations after every quotation, paraphrase, or summary? Are there citations after each body paragraph (or included in each?) Are the in-text citations in proper APA format?

12. …also have attributions? Especially in areas where the credibility needs to be justified because it is not immediately apparent, or the credibility is strong and needs to be relayed narratively.

13. …have appropriate language use for an academic setting? Has he or she eliminated any abbreviations, slang or other informal language?

14. …have appropriate and consistent person? If he or she uses “you,” is he or she addressing the reader? Is he/she ADDICTED to “you?” Is only necessary 1st person used? No “I think,” “I believe,” and “I feel”?

15. …have obvious typos? Spelling errors, punctuation or other sloppy mechanics?

16. …have obvious grammatical or sentence construction errors like fragments, comma splices or run-ons?

17. …have a proper APA title, page, abstract, works cited & running header?

18. …have an effective conclusion in which the writer emphasizes the importance of the issue and by urging the reader to do something? Is the conclusion merely a summary of the writer’s main points? Is it adequate in length?

19. …evince the features of a true argumentative-persuasive essay, or has he or she merely written an informative work?

20. …have both sides of the issue represented in pursuit of the thesis?


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